Word Count Tracker for 2021 (+ Bonuses)

Hello Lovelies! I have a new free form for you to use. Back in 2014 I was looking for a way to chronicle my writing journey and to quantify how much work I was getting done in my writing. I made a super basic word count tracker, and used it for about five years. Then, I decided my basic, ugly word count tracker wasn’t easy to copy from year to year and didn’t differentiate between the types of writing projects I was completing.

So I set out to completely redesign my word count tracker from the ground up. Thus, my latest and greatest creation. A better word count tracker!

If you’re already looking at this and saying to yourself, “Ooh, such pretty! Gimme one too!” that’s not a problem.


Let me show you around.

My actual progress for 2020. I had a slow start to the year.

On the left is your date column. This will move with you as you go through the year so you never lose track of the date.

Across the top you have Plotting, Writing, Rewriting, Critiquing, and Editing columns for each month. The Editing column is tracked in time spent.

At the bottom, a total word count for the year, pulling all your word stats together in one place, and the total editing time. Then, below that, a breakdown of each column for the entire year.

Also, notice that the cells turn different colors based on your progress. I have it set up to go through the color spectrum like this, but you can change it in the conditional formatting rules:


As a bonus, I am giving you both a 2020 and a 2021 word count tracker totally free. If that isn’t enough to convince you that you need this, I am also giving you a NaNoWriMo progress tracker.

Yes, yes. I know. NaNo tracks your word counts for you. However, my tracker allows you to actually customize your plan each day. Don’t want to work on Thanksgiving? No problem. Put a zero in that date and move on. Know you work better at the beginning and end of the challenge and want to plan to get more words in then? Cool. You can actually change the numbers around and plan your word count even better.

Then, track your actual progress throughout the month, and see how your words are comparing!

My actual progress for NaNoWriMo 2018. It’s interesting to see that I knew myself well and built in some 0 word days (Fantastic Beasts premiere and Thanksgiving). I stuck pretty close to my word goals and won NaNoWriMo because of it that year.
2020 and 2021 Blank Charts are included!

So, how about it? Want yours? It’s just in time for NaNoWriMo!


How do you track your words and time spent? Let us know what you use in the comments below!

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